For my final Paris Month guest post this year is my good friend Natalie from A Little Bit of Vancouver! Being a fellow lover of macarons, she ventured out to the first Ladurée in Canada and graciously took some photos and documented the experience!
On March 24, Ladurée finally opened its doors here in Vancouver, BC. This Parisian pâtisserie is known predominately for their flavourful authentic macarons. When Ladurée announced its first Canadian boutique, I knew that I would finally get a chance to try these little morsels of goodness I’d heard so much about from friends (such as the macaron lover herself, Michele, Just a Lil Lost). Unsurprisingly, the lineups down the block persisted throughout April making it somewhat of a challenge to just pop in. There was planning needed. I finally spotted my opportunity as I was driving home from work one day (I actually had purposely changed my route for a daily check).
The inside was French in decor. Ladurée teas, jams (lemon jam!), honeys, candles and their cute reusable shopping bags were displayed along the back side wall. I was surprised to find out that there was a small 16-seat tea salon in the back where you could have an afternoon tea with friends.
Because I was a little later in the day, a lot of their baked pastries and chocolates were lacking in stock and quite a few macaron flavours were sold out. The macarons that remained were brilliant in colour behind their display case, though not to the point where the colours screamed in artificial colour.
I purchased an 8 macaron box for $24.00. My flavours included from left to right: vanilla, cherry blossom, pistachio, raspberry, cedrat (a citrus flavour), praline, salted caramel and lemon. My favourites were the lemon, the raspberry and the to die for salted caramel. I was surprised at the freshness of the flavours – it was a totally different flavour profile than the other macarons I have tried. I will definitely be going back soon! Michele? Want to join me?